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Only thing that's on my mind

Who is going to run this town tonight? [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Oct 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Readings on changes of power?

Can you recommend books/articles about the dynamics of political power transitions? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. on Aug 22, 2012 - 1 answer

Who's running the show?

How does a parliamentary democracy function during the time between a government's dissolution and new elections? [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on May 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Do other countries have an Oval Office?

Which other countries (if any) have a specific, famous office for their heads of government, comparable to the Oval Office for the President of the United States? [more inside]
posted by aurelian on May 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Do initial public offerings affect government policy and vice versa?

How do investment banks, specifically initial public offerings, affect government policy and vice versa?
posted by espada0 on Apr 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Foreign policy problems facing the Obama administration.

What are the main foreign policy problems facing Obama and his administration right now?
posted by espada0 on Mar 6, 2012 - 24 answers

How did the U.S. House pass the payroll tax cut extension?

How did the U.S. House of Representatives pass the payroll tax cut extension yesterday when hardly any members were present? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Dec 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Externalities and government intervention

Do externalities (political or economic) necessarily constitute a market failure and thereby justify government intervention?
posted by espada0 on Dec 12, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I stop my city government from outsourcing the decision to outsource government services?

I'm looking for research or advocacy groups that are critical of governments that hire consulting firms such as KPMG for budgetary advice or auditing purposes. Other than The Yes Men, please ;) [more inside]
posted by copystar on Jul 28, 2011 - 2 answers

A rational explanation of the GOP budget?

Can anyone point me toward some writing by a smart person in support of the GOP's budget? I'm not being snarky—I am sure that wealthy, anti-intellectual people looking out for their own interests is a motivation on the part of some congresspeople, but I am not ready to believe in a world where it is the only one. [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Mar 7, 2011 - 11 answers

America isn't a Democrat, it's a Republican! Er, yeah.

Where did the "America is a republic, not a democracy" argument come from, and how much truth is there to it? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jan 17, 2011 - 30 answers

Are meetings with elected officials public knowledge?

Are meetings for members of Congress and other elected and appointed officials part of the public record? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Dec 11, 2010 - 7 answers

How does the Chinese political system work?

I'd like to know how the Chinese political system works. [more inside]
posted by bindasj on Aug 14, 2010 - 22 answers

borderline

Is Mexico a failed state? [more inside]
posted by four panels on Aug 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Secretary with the big "S"

Calling all state government nerds. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Is there a way I can get Seattle TV channels from DirecTV even though I live in the Portland, OR market?

Is there a way I can get Seattle TV channels from DirecTV even though I live in the Portland, OR market? [more inside]
posted by jorlando on May 4, 2010 - 5 answers

What happened on C-Span earlier this afternoon re: health care?

What just happened on C-Span? There was some health care related vote. What exactly did that vote decide? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Mar 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Why isn't free market best solution to US healthcare crisis?

What are the best arguments (links to articles/sites appreciated) that government regulation and tax code distortions are not the primary causes of the American healthcare crisis? Why wouldn't a more free-market approach (i.e. remove the obstacles to far more vigorous competition between insurers for individual premiums) be the solution? If adverse selection is a reason, how is that any worse for health care than for other insurance markets (e.g. life insurance)?
posted by shivohum on Mar 1, 2010 - 16 answers

Should I go to law school if I have no interest in being a lawyer?

Does it make sense to go to law school if I never intend on actually practicing law? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 - 51 answers

Impact of the American Socialist Movement

What are some good articles on the impact the American socialist movement had on U.S. law and policy making? [more inside]
posted by iconjack on Feb 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Local politics that isn't really local

Which municipal district has the largest constituency? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Aug 16, 2009 - 10 answers

About US politics and former Presidents

Can a former US President serve in a powerful capacity in a subsequent administration? They clearly wouldn't be able to serve as VP, but could they hold some other high office such as Secretary of State? If not, do those of you living in the US regard this as a desirable or undesirable attribute of your political system?
posted by Lolie on Jun 27, 2009 - 18 answers

Who were these "celebrated authors" James Madison was referring to in The Federalist Paper No. 14?

Who were these "celebrated authors" James Madison was referring to in The Federalist Paper No. 14? [more inside]
posted by Myles on Jun 15, 2009 - 8 answers

Government longevity, who wins?

What country or countries have the longest continuously functioning government? Please specify the type/form of government, such as US/ democratic republic.
posted by woman on May 31, 2009 - 14 answers

What do they believe?

I'm looking for recommendations on readings about what is the purpose of government - preferably from all areas of the spectrum: reactionary, conservative, libertarian, socialist, communist, liberal, radical. Ideally I'm looking for the fundamental/foundational documents for each doctrine as opposed to filtered, watered down versions. Thanks!
posted by Leezie on May 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Tips for a newbie convention delegate to not seem like a newbie?

Tips for a newbie delegate to a political convention? I agreed to act not only as a Democrat delegate but as a vice-chair for my precinct. Our county organizing convention is coming up this weekend. I've read a tiny bit about what to expect on the agenda (but not a lot), but am more worried about just seeming out of place. I'm young, don't have a lot of political experience, and also had to change my affiliation from unaffiliated to do this. Part of me says that in a state where Democrats are a minority no one will be judging me for wanting to serve, but what can you tell me (or links can you give me...) to better prepare me? I'm looking for both what I should know about how it'll run and the more nuanced aspects of interaction/networking/flow.
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2009 - 5 answers

Direct Democracy or Bureaucratic Nightmare?

Why Can't We Allocate Where Our Taxes Go on Our Tax Form? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Mar 18, 2009 - 16 answers

Can anyone recommend any funny novels about government and politics?

Can anyone recommend any funny novels about government and politics? [more inside]
posted by Myles on Dec 27, 2008 - 31 answers

Can one person change the law?

PoliticsLawFilter: Dick Cheney's lawyer, David Addington, wrote a series of papers/statements/memos that ostensibly change an existing law. How can one lawyer, or even a team of lawyers, change a law by simply writing a memo? Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Dec 21, 2008 - 16 answers

When did we get to start voting for voters instead of voting for legislators who voted for voters?

I'm looking for a listing, preferably something with citations of the actual state laws, of when each state changed it's laws to allow for the direct election of electors in the electoral college.
posted by phrontist on Oct 22, 2008 - 1 answer

What are the specific tax loopholes that Obama intends to close, and how much money does each of those 'loopholes' account for?

What are the specific tax loopholes that Obama intends to close, and how much money does each of those 'loopholes' account for? This article by FactCheck.org indicates that the Obama campaign estimates the revenue from tax reform at $80 billion - so where did that figure come from?
posted by mattholomew on Sep 4, 2008 - 3 answers

Illegal Immigrants in College

Can anyone tell me the percentage of children of illegal immigrants who attend college? Specifically in Texas. We are arguing the HB 104 (in state tuition bill) in my government class and I need to know how many children of illegal immigrants who were not born in the US actually attend institutions of higher education....
posted by madmamasmith on Mar 22, 2008 - 12 answers

The future of government

How should government change the way it provides services in response to the technological revolution happening around us? [more inside]
posted by baggymp on Mar 7, 2008 - 15 answers

Historical "jawboning"?

Can you think of any examples of "jawboning" from history? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Mar 6, 2008 - 4 answers

Executive Branch Power

Why is the presidential administration working so persistently to bequeath extra powers to their likely Democrat successors? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim on Jul 5, 2007 - 31 answers

What do I do about roaches in a public school?

I visited a public middle school, and it was filled with roaches, is there anything positive I could do for those kids? [more inside]
posted by ceberon on Jun 12, 2007 - 14 answers

How does one unregister to vote?

How does one unregister to vote? [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind on May 29, 2007 - 20 answers

What movie am I thinking of?

So there's this movie that I saw when I was a kid, but don't know what it was called... [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch on Apr 2, 2007 - 4 answers

What law would be really good for a state legislature to pass or repeal?

What law would be really good for a state legislature to pass or repeal? This is a practical question, seeking practical answers: I have a friend who is a good-government, reform-minded state legislator who is looking for suggestions, but the deadline for filing in this part-time legislature is one week away for the biennium (two-year period).
posted by Mr. Justice on Feb 25, 2007 - 33 answers

What's happening here?

I have seen a couple trucks owned by the city (public works trucks) with magnetic signs advertising to "Vote No" on an upcoming proposed charter amendment. I have also seen a flashing sign owned by City Hall with the same message to "Vote No on Prop. 7". Isn't this illegal?
posted by LoriFLA on Oct 20, 2006 - 13 answers

States Revoking City/County Governance

Can you think of examples of a U.S. state government revoking a charter or other governance document for a local government body, such as a city or county? [more inside]
posted by gimonca on Jun 7, 2006 - 11 answers

Reelect the President?

Could a two-term President be elected/appointed to be the vice president? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Apr 17, 2006 - 12 answers

The opposite of a pardon?

Say that a (US) presidential administration was doing something it wasn't supposed to be doing. Could a future presidential administration find this out and prosecute the former administration's officials? [more inside]
posted by ontic on Mar 27, 2006 - 15 answers

I need websites of Political Research

I am looking for reasonably well-known websites that deal with government corruption. I live in the United States, so I have a particular interest in any US corruption, but I'm interested in other countries as well. Logically, it is easy to find information on corruption of countries we don't like, so I'm mainly looking for websites dealing with the US and its allies. (more info inside) if you know of any respected political websites that issue indepth reports on various things like human rights (Human Rights Watch for example) or that release declassified documents and memos not necessarily from the us, but the US is great too ( http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv for example) then tell me [more inside]
posted by VillainousJester on Dec 23, 2005 - 10 answers

Im looking for a job that deals with politics or activism

The other day a few college - aged people came to my door (and everyone's in the nieghborhood) lobbying something political. I didnt talk to them but by dad said they made pretty good money doing that. Anyways, I am personally kind of obsessed with politics, and would be thrilled to have a job in the field of politics. My question is does anyone have suggestions on where to look or who to ask for a job? I am looking for a job that I can start right away, without any schooling etc. Something that doesnt take any special qualifications. [more inside]
posted by JokingClown on Dec 21, 2005 - 19 answers

Nothing to hide, nothing to fear?

With last nights government defeat in the House of Commons and the resultant hand-wringing on both sides of the 'civil-liberties vs security' debate, the quote that has been trotted out repeatedly is "Well if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear". Could anyone shed any light on the origin of this phrase? [more inside]
posted by mr_benn on Nov 9, 2005 - 15 answers

Installing Alito to the Supreme Court

With the Dem's threatening to fillibuster Bush's new nomination for the Supreme Court, can Bush just wait until Christmas time when Congress takes a recess and install Alito with no confirmation vote? I have heard of similar things as an option in past political situations, and I'm assuming that somewhere in our 200+ year history something like this has been done. Unfortunately, I never really paid attention to the actual workings of the whole thing. What are the actual rules/laws as to what the President can do when Congress isn't in session. Specifically for the things Congress would 'normally' vote on or approve had they been in session.
posted by whoda on Nov 1, 2005 - 20 answers

How do I get elected?

I plan on running for a city council seat in a college town of 81,000 people. The election isn't until Spring, 2007. What can I do now to increase my chances of getting elected? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Oct 17, 2005 - 17 answers

Who are these guys?

Today The Guardian published the group photograph of delegates to the World Summit at the UN. There is a key to who all these smiling faces are which is useful, except two gentlemen are listed simply as 'unidentified'. Would anybody like to take a guess as to who they are? [images inside] [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Sep 16, 2005 - 7 answers

I've never read the paper and now at 30+ want to educate myself on Politics, Gov, Current Events, World History, etc. Where to start?

I'm over 30 and probably know as much or less about history, politics/ gov, and current events as my 7 year old niece. Now, I want to be aware and don't know where to begin. I've tried just "merging in" but the references, terms, and names are lost on me. I need a starting point that will give me a framework or bird's eye view to start from and build on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2005 - 27 answers

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